Summer 1993 Newsletter

Articles

Undergraduate Symposium

Hendrix hosted the annual Hendrix-Rhodes-Sewanee Mathematics Symposium on Friday, April 23. Professor Gary Sherman from Rose-Hulman was the invited speaker. Dr. Sherman has directed several REU summer programs on computational group theory and he described his students' research results. Five Hendrix students gave talks: freshmen Wade Satterfield and Clint Edwards, sophomore Kevin Hutson, and seniors Jon Hester and Jared Grigsby. Four students from Rhodes and one student from Sewanee gave talks. Guests from The University of Texas at San Antonio visited and also brought a student speaker. The student talks were very good and the conference ended with an evening of badminton, volleyball, visiting and Shorty's barbeque at the Sutherland's home.

NSF-ILI Grant Received

Bob Eslinger and Dwayne Collins have received a $40,000 National Science Foundation grant to set up an analytical computer laboratory in Reynolds Hall. When complete, the lab will include 12 Macintosh Centris 650 computers and a LaserWriter Pro 630 printer connected via an Ethernet network to the campus-wide fiber-optic network. Each Centris will have 8 MB RAM, a 230 MB internal hard disk, a CD-ROM and a 14-inch color monitor. The NSF grant also includes two Quadra 800 machines for faculty involved in the project. The laboratory is designed to enhance the integration of writing and discovery learning into the mathematics curriculum through the use of Mathematica and other software packages. Hendrix has committed to raising an additional $60,000 for the lab.

Grant for Summer Mathematics

Dwayne Collins and University of Texas at San Antonio colleague Walter Richardson received an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant for the study of wavelets and their applications. The $30,000 grant is supporting summer research at UTSA for Dwayne, Walter and six students who were chosen from a national pool of applicants. Marla Eason, a Hendrix junior, is one of the six students.

Pi Mu Epsilon President

This summer Bob Eslinger began a three year term as the national president of the Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society. Our congratulations to Bob.

MAA Meets at Oral Roberts University



Nine students accompanied the math faculty to the OK/AR MAA section March 26 -27 at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. Sophomore Kevin Hutson and seniors Jared Grigsby and Kate Brown gave talks in the undergraduate paper sections. Zeev Barel spoke on "Beauty and the Computer: The Lure of Large Determinants" in the Technology in the Classroom session. The students, who included Marla Eason, Kristin Albright, Carissa Hurst, Rob Bland, Scott Wagner, and Rusty Frizzell, attended the student workshop on cryptography taught by Dr. Tommy Leavelle from Mississippi College. Dwayne Collins organized the student workshop and he and David Sutherland presided over paper sessions. Zeev presided over the chairpersons meeting and Bob Eslinger presided over the student chapter advisor meeting.

Alumni Contest

The alumna pictured in the last issue of the newsletter is Dr. Carol Smith Schumacher '82. Carol teaches mathematics and her husband, Dr. Ben Schumacher '82, teaches physics at Kenyon College in Ohio. They have two daughters, five-year-old Sarah and one-year-old Glynis. Three people correctly identified Carol: Marj Threet Whitmore '81, Sandy Schrimshire Linde '80 and Carol herself. We sent Hendrix coffee mugs to all three. Look for the next contest in the fall issue of the newsletter.

Awards

Seniors Kate Brown, Jon Hester, Jared Grigsby, Anna Lee and Jamie Harris graduated June 6. Jared and Jon graduated with distinction. Jared received the Philip Parker Award and Jon received the Hogan Award. Wade Satterfield and Donna Sword shared the McHenry-Lane Freshman Mathematics Award. The seniors projects were "Counting Types of Subsets of Lattices" by Jared Grigsby, "Data Structures in the Implementation of the Huffman Algorithm" by Jon Hester, "The History of ‘Primitive' Mathematics" by Anna Lee, "Three Greek Men" by Jamie Harris and "Discriminants and Sylvester Determinants" by Kate Brown.

See the fall newsletter for details about the 1994 Mathematics Alumni Conference being planned for Alumni Weekend to celebrate the 25th year of undergraduate research in mathematics at Hendrix College.